Town Hall is one of the city’s most renowned and prestigious music venues, and has joined forces with a relative newcomer to the soul scene which has already made its mark and been voted Best New Venue by the Birmingham Mail readers last year, The Night Owl. The two venues are working together to bring The Big Birmingham Soul Night this April.
The Night Owl is a small intimate club and after listening to feedback from some Northern Soul fans that it was not big enough for a big soul night has taken the advice and found a building and big wooden dance floor worthy of the occasion!
The event, which harks back to soul nights of the 60's and 70's, will be programmed by The Night Owl and held at Birmingham Town Hall. This beautiful listed building boasts a giant wooden floor, perfect for Northern Soul style dancing, with an elegant balcony for those who would prefer to just relax and enjoy the dancing below. There will also be a smaller second room of music, with its own bar and seating, record buying and selling and more.
Confirmed to head up this evening is legendary DJ Colin Curtis, who began DJing in the late 1960s at the Crystal Lake Ballroom and the infamous Golden Torch in Stoke and later Blackpool Mecca. He is often cited as being one of the most important tastemakers of black music in the UK. Colin will be playing music from his Torch days, so you can expect the Northern Soul classics that Colin broke and much more, all on original vinyl.
Also playing in the main room (original vinyl only) is veteran DJ PEP (Wigan Casino), young soul fans Josh Pye (The Soul Hole) and Sonny & Spare (The Boogaloo), Kev Richie (The Scooter Do) and Richard Priest (The Night Owl).
The second room will feature resident DJ's from The Night Owl playing 60's and 70's soul, funk, mod, ska and more.
To celebrate the first soul night of this scale in years, there will be a Northern Soul flash mob on Saturday 18th March at Grand Central Station, to join the fun email firstname.lastname@example.org